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Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Identifying What Your Heel Pain Means

Heel pain is usually felt under the heel or behind it. There are various conditions that can cause heel pain, and the location of the pain is indicative of what the specific condition could be. One common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia-tissue that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by either high or low arches. Sever’s disease only affects children, usually between the ages of 7 and 15 years old, and is caused by overuse of the growth plates in the heel bone. This condition typically affects children that play sports because of the repetitive impact that the foot endures. These are just two of the many possible conditions that cause heel pain. If you have regular heel pain, it is strongly recommended you speak with a podiatrist to learn about the condition and receive the proper treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The feet bear the weight of the body, and aches and pains in the feet may be reduced when an optimum weight is maintained. If weight gradually increases, there may be foot conditions that can develop,which may include inflammation of the tendons, plantar fasciitis, or certain types of arthritis. Additionally, the style of walking may be compromised as the body compensates for the extra weight, and this may lead to problems that may affect the arch. People who are overweight may benefit by checking their blood sugar daily, and this may help them to become aware of possible diabetic conditions which can affect the feet.  If you are having foot pain and have difficulty in managing your weight, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Flat Feet

Fallen arches, which is also referred to as flat feet, occurs when the arch is absent from the foot. This can be noticed when the foot lies completely flat on the floor while standing. The foot may roll inward while walking, and this may affect the gait. The purpose of the arch is to help in distributing weight across the feet, which is the foundation of the body. Some patients do not experience symptoms with flat feet, and some people may feel pain as stress is put on the muscles and ligaments. A symptom may include swollen feet where the arch would generally be, and shoes may wear unevenly on one side. Foot or ankle injuries may cause this condition, in addition to predisposed genetic traits. Obesity and pregnancy may play a significant role in developing flat feet, and age may deteriorate the tendon, which supports the arch. If you feel you have this condition, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Causes of Broken Toes

The bones located in the toes are small and delicate, and they may easily break if the toe is stubbed, or if a heavy object is dropped on it. This will typically cause extreme pain, and the toe may appear deformed if the fracture is severe. Some of the symptoms that are associated with broken toes may include swelling, bruising, or an inability to move the toe.  Mild relief may be found when the foot is elevated and resting, and this may help to alleviate some of the swelling. Some patients find it beneficial to tape the toe to the one next to it, and this is referred to as buddy taping. This method may provide the stability that is necessary to keep the toe from moving. If tingling or numbness is noticed, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat your broken toe.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Symptoms of a Broken Foot

If you have fallen or dropped a heavy object on your foot, the result may be a broken foot. There are typically noticeable symptoms that are associated with this condition, and these may include severe pain and discomfort that is felt while attempting to walk, and possible swelling and bruising. If the fracture is severe, and appears to be dislocated, it may be a result of bones that are out of alignment. Patients who have medical conditions which may include diabetes or peripheral neuropathy, may not notice if their foot is fractured, and this may be a result of a loss of sensation. Once a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically consists of having an X-ray taken, the correct treatment can begin. This may include resting and elevating the foot as often as possible, and wearing a cast or protective boot while the healing process takes place. For more severe fractures, an MRI might be a necessary test to aid in determining the severity of the fracture. If you feel you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the proper treatment can begin.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors  can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

How to Combat Foot Odor

Sweaty feet are common and can unfortunately result in unpleasant odors. Those with hyperhidrosis of the feet, are especially prone to this inconvenience. Thankfully, there are ways to help eliminate or reduce foot odor caused by excessive sweat. Changing your socks mid-day and applying antifungal powder can help prevent dampness and fungus growth. The antifungal powder absorbs moisture and helps to keep fresh socks dry and clean. Washing your feet daily is also essential, even if you don’t shower every day. Cleaning your feet with antibacterial soap once a day, and applying antifungal powder helps to keep your feet dry and odor free. Applying essential oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus will also help eliminate odors, while adding a new pleasant smell to your feet. These essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, which makes them perfect for battling sweaty feet. If you have hyperhidrosis or feel that your feet sweat excessively, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist to learn more about treatment options.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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There are many people who enjoy wearing flip flops in pleasant weather. It may signify a welcome change to a warmer climate and wearing these types of shoes may be indicative of colder temperatures left behind. People enjoy wearing them for their ease and colors and may be unaware of the potential damage they may cause. This may include a strain in the arch area, in addition to possibly causing severe pain in the heel. There may be other foot conditions that may develop as a result of wearing flip flops, including plantar fasciitis and hammertoe. The possibility of spraining the ankle may increase as the foot rolls inward, and this may be due to a lack of overall support that flip flops may fail to provide. If you would like information on how to choose a more supportive shoe of this type, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Ankle Sprains and the Healing Process

An ankle sprain is one of the more common ankle injuries that many people may incur over the course of their lifetime. It may typically occur when the ankle rolls inward, which may be a result of stepping suddenly off a curb or tripping unexpectedly. Some of the unpleasant symptoms that may be experienced with ankle sprains may be severe pain when walking is attempted, swelling, in addition to bruising. It may help to protect the ankle by laying or sitting, limit your walking or use crutches, and applying pressure to the affected ankle by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. Taking over the counter pain medication may aid in alleviating a portion of the pain and discomfort, despite the fact it is ineffective in accelerating the healing process. It is important to return to normal activities gradually, and this may give the ankle ample time to heal completely. If you have injured your ankle and believe it may be sprained, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you to proper treatment procedures.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 21 January 2019 17:45

Wearing Shoes That Have a Proper Sole

The majority of children are born with flat feet, and the arches will gradually develop as the strength in the feet increases. Research has shown there are 26 bones in each foot, in addition to numerous joints and ligaments that connect the bones together. Excess fat can generally be noticed in a baby’s foot, and this may contribute in providing flexibility. The child will learn how to navigate on different indoor surfaces while walking barefoot, and this may aid in improving muscles strength. Once walking has begun, the first type of shoes babies can benefit by wearing should consist of having a soft sole. As walking progresses, the child may wear a shoe with a firmer sole that may add additional support. If you have a toddler that is beginning to walk, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can properly inform you of how to choose the best shoes for your child.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of intoeing or outtoeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water, and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

Foods That May Help Poor Circulation

The importance of maintaining good circulation throughout the body is critical in the removal of waste and toxins that may be present in the blood, in addition to the necessary distribution of oxygen to the cells. The disadvantages of having the condition known as poor circulation may include the formation of blocked arteries, memory loss, or tinnitus. There are several symptoms that may be associated with this condition, including numbing or tingling sensations, cold feet, a possible lack of energy, or headaches. Research has shown there may be specific foods that can be ingested, which may increase blood flow throughout the body. These may include spicy foods, oranges, fish and garlic. Additionally, it may be helpful to become involved in a gentle exercise program daily such as swimming, walking, or starting a yoga practice. If you are experiencing any symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and suggest correct treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness  or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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